Dolvin Faculty Focus

Getting to Why???

Quote of the week:

Have great dreams and dare to live them.

Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.

Norman Vincent Peale

Minister and Best Selling Author


Everything is Possible

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Enjoy CASUAL WEEK THIS WEEK!!! I know this month is super stressful for teachers with report cards and conferences....hope this helps a bit! :)

Monday- Data Talk meetings with Emily during your specials time; LZ in a meeting in the afternoon

Tuesday- Someone authorized by the county will be onsite to take pictures in and outside the building. They should have a FCSD badge. SAM at meeting; Hearing and vision for all 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders; Foundation meeting; Grade levels for 3rd-5th graders; Faculty meeting for K-2nd grade teachers....bring your laptops

Wednesday- LZ at meeting; Flu Shots; Committee meetings

Thursday- Happy Birthday to SAM! :)

Friday- FLEX time 7 to 3, or 7:30-3:30 or 8-4

The latest Personalized Learning BLOG:


  • Save the date and start planning your outfit for 50's day. It will be a school-wide dress up day on October 14th!!!

  • A big thank you to 4th grade for our grade level snacks!!

  • Mr. Bruce Landeck of our School Governance Council has secured a partnership with a school in Japan. The school is Fukuoka City Chihaya-nishi Elementary School. They are a 1-6 school and have about 430 students. In the coming months, they will be interested in exchanging student work such as drawings and letters and possible video messages. Think about if you are interested in this opportunity to connect around the world.

  • October 18th @ 2:45 in the Media Center will be ITBS training for all 3rd and 5th grade proctors and will receive an initiation from SAM.

Getting to WHY????

Sarah Ann's WHY......

I was inspired to become a teacher by my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Crawford. She would let me take outdated teachers edition books home and play school with my dolls and my poodle named Sam. I fondly remember her as always being thoughtful, inspiring and truly showing she cared about her students and me. I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher and make a difference in the lives of children.

After my fourth year of teaching first grade, I felt called to become an administrator in order to make a difference in the lives of more than my students and their families. I wanted to be a positive influence to the school community at large, therefore I returned to college to receive my Educational Leadership certification. Today my “Why” is that by working with teachers, parents, other administrators and the school system at large, I am making a positive influence in the lives of the adults who daily teach and inspire children to be the best they can be.

I Wish My Teacher Knew…

In this New York Times article, Donna de la Cruz describes a get-to-know-you strategy some teachers use at the beginning of each school year; they ask students to complete the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew…” Here are some actual responses:

  • I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.

  • I wish my teacher knew I love my family.

  • I wish my teacher knew that my family and I live in a shelter.

  • I wish my teacher knew I am smarter than she thinks I am.

  • I wish my teacher knew that sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom isn’t around a lot.

  • I wish my teacher knew that my little brother gets scared and I get worried about getting up every night.

  • I wish my teacher knew I love animals and I would do anything for my animals. I would love to work at the MSPCA so I could help animals get adopted.

  • I wish my teacher knew that my mom and dad are divorced and that I am the middle of 7 kids. 5 out of that 7 are boys.

  • I wish my teacher knew I want to learn more about history.

  • I wish my teacher knew that my mom might get diagnosed with cancer this week and I’ve been without a home 3 different times this year alone.

  • I wish my teacher knew that my dad works two jobs and I don’t see him much.

  • I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was 3 years old and I haven’t seen him in 6 years.

    These and other thoughts from students are available in a recent book by Kyle Schwartz, I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2016); there is also a Twitter hashtag, #iwishmyteacherknew.

“What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew” by Donna de la Cruz in The New York Times, August 31, 2016,

Happy Birthday to the following staff members!! :)

Sarah Ann McConnell- October 6th